Interview

Maisie Williams, Sibel Kekilli and Thomas Brodie-Sangster MTV video interview

MTV UK has released the last of their interviews with the cast of Game of Thrones to promote the Season 3 DVD release. In this new video Maisie Williams, Sibel Kekilli, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster sit down to chat.

Maisie discusses Arya’s growth continuing into Season 4, Thomas wonders whether Jojen Reed can be trusted, and Sibel thoroughly enjoys her character Shae and working with Peter Dinklage. The trio also answers questions on how they would want their characters to die, how they keep the atmosphere light on set, the strangest thing they’ve had to do filming, and if they could have any actor on the show, who would it be?

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67 Comments

  • Purely for what it’s worth, all the promotional appearances Brodie-Sangster is making lead me to believe he’s one of the 5 actors promoted to series regular this season.

  • Stephen,

    It was in the EW article which said Nathalie Emmanuel had been promoted for Season 5. The reporter was told there are 29 regulars in Season 4. That would make 5 on top of the 24 surviving regulars from S3. (Possibly 6 if Joe Dempsie doesn’t return, but I think he will.)

  • arden,

    A lot of people seem to think this, even though in “Valar Morghulis” Dany said Dracarys to get all three dragons to breathe fire.

  • Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    She’s got extensions, she said that at some red carpet, I think in the autumn or early winter. Though she keeps the short hair she said she wanted to look a little more “girly” from time to time.

  • Turncloak,

    Her mother has but she hasn’t. She says she will read them when the show’s over. She’s said so in many interviews and most recently in the commentary she did for the S3 dvd. Sophie Turner says she’s read a bit, but only the Sansa chapters.

  • I suddenly realize these are for the UK release of season 3 DVD.
    Hmm… last year they had a Red Carpet for season 2 DVD , I think?, but I guess not this year?
    I wonder if there will be a Red Carpet for Season 4?

  • maisie has said that she hasn’t read the books but her mom and stepdad have and they tell her info about the books, specifically her character.

  • I hate MTV’s player so much, will anybody tell me what Sibel says about her character’s death, please?

  • Sibel has the most delightful laugh! Such a beauty!

    I’ll bet she’s a hit with her co-stars in spite of her misunderstanding of English.

    Daenerys says, “Dracarys” whenever she wants her dragon(s) to breathe fire, which is several times to date.

    As Turncloak mentioned, the dragon names are unknown, as yet, in the series. I suspect that will change this season.

  • It’s high time to mention the dragons’ names on the show. They can’t have Dany, Jorah, Barristan, Missandei etc. refer to them as: “The big black one did this and this, and the green one did that…”

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,
    Don’t you mean masochistic? Though I guess that depends on how much you think she identifies with her character.

  • Annara Snow,

    I was just going to say that. The guy who presents the girl’s bones said the one who ate her was the big one, or the biggest of them all. The winged shadow. I don’t recall very well. But people will guess at once is Drogon, I believe. But I understand the show’s strategy not to say the dragons’ names. The fewer names the better for the audience. :)

    Sadistic. If you jump to masochistic, it instantly becomes suicidal.

  • Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    The problem is, how do they naturally integrate the dragon’s name into a scene without it seeming forced. I do agree they should nip this in the bud, but the question is how? My only guess would be to do it through a scene of Dany introducing them to Daario.

  • Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    It’s a firm rule in TV and most books that you don’t have two characters with the same name, some won’t even have characters with names that start with the same letter. It’s just too hard to remember for most people. It’s why they changed Asha’s name to Yara, Asha is too close to Osha, and why Lysa’s son in always referred to as Robin and not Robert. Of course George breaks this rule all the time in the books and prequel stories. Half of the Targaryens are named either Aegon or Daemon. Besides the fact that naming the Dragons would add more names in general, they are named after characters we already know, Drogo/Drogon, Viserys/Viseryion. Casual fans’ heads would explode.

  • Good interview. Now that the season 3 business is is over… Can we get the official poster with a tag line? And how about some episode names? I don’t want trailers this week. We’ve had more than enough for now.

    Greenjones,

    That’s exactly what I thought. Either through Daario or through Hizdahr… It’s time, though. They can’t drag it any longer.

  • Haha, that’s a cool interview :) Probably the best of the MTV series. I liked the Bieber question in a previous one as well, though.

  • Turncloak:
    Greenjones,

    It’s because for some wierd reason the show refuses to say the dragons names

    There’s no refusal, it just hasn’t come up in dialog. Bryan Cogman confirmed that the dragons have the same names in the script as in the books.

  • Maester Blaster,

    Remembering the dragons’ names is actually the easiest thing ever, exactly because those are not random names, because they are named after her dead husband and brothers. That’s something you wouldn’t forget. Maybe the casual viewers would have trouble remembering Rhaegal, since they don’t know so much about Rhaegar, but they certainly would have no trouble remembering Drogon. And it’s not like anyone would get confused and think that the big dragon and the long dead Khal Drogo are the same person, so the confusion argument makes no sense.

  • Found that interesting Game of Thrones titbit in an interview with Tom Wlaschiha (no, it is not about a return to GOT :( ). The interview is in German, so I translated the interesting part really quick.

    [about his German accent] With Jaqen H’ghar, your role in Game of Game of thrones, no one minded the accent.

    He even was supposed to have an accent. The first casting call talked about an eastern accent, though.

    What’s an eastern accent?

    I wondered that myself. (Laughs) That’s why I tried to go with a Russian accent. But when I got the role they said, please just speak the way you speak.

  • When does HBO usually announce the episode titles? Episode 31 is now listed in their schedule, but without a title.

  • Maester Blaster,

    I know the rule. And I understand it. Arrh Arrh said he broke the rule on purpose because people were named after people in real life – that’s why we have a dozen Brandon Starks in the same storyline, beside the Jons and Rodriks. – and I love the fact that he broke it on purpose. It makes it way more believable. It’s all on a great (long) interview I stumbled on some time ago. You must have read it too.

  • Chickenduck: There’s no refusal, it just hasn’t come up in dialog.Bryan Cogman confirmed that the dragons have the same names in the script as in the books.

    Hasn’t come up in dialogue=the writers have not writtent the dialogue=refusal

  • Ser Lucas Tyrell: Boojam

    O I missed that , usually keep up with George’s Not a Blog.

    Wonder who they are bringing this year?
    Usually it’s all the ladies, for ‘gown show’ (tho Rigg was not there last year).
    I wonder if Hannah Murray will be there?

    It was kind of goofy for the guys , for instance Rory was there but you had to find the still picture, as well as , of all things Ben Hawkey….

    I imagine that Conleth Hill avoids things like this like the plague.

    Oddly if it were not for David Peterson’s blog would not have known that Dan Hildebrand and Jacob Anderson were at the premiere party (they may have been in the audience but not the red carpet). In fact we never really found out who all , from the show, secondary cast were there… reportage not very good on things like that.

    (Well never found out what cast , except for a few first stringers came to the Emmy’s.)

  • Spoiler-y prediction: Shae is Cersei’s spy. I think it starts when they met at the battle of Blackwater. I remember Shae being kind of starstruck when Cersei starts talking to her (well, before Cersei insults her that is). She wants to be something more than a whore, Cersei wither promises to her for betraying Tyrion eventually. Tyrion and Shae bedside talk, Shae refusing the diamonds…Shae’s got something better coming.

  • mal,

    I have a prediction too, I think Joffrey is poisoned at his own wedding by the Tyrells, Tyrion is framed and ends up in the cuffs we see in the promos. Sansa somehow ends up with Littlefinger after Joffery dies (I think Dontos is going to play a part in taking Sansa away remember when she saved him season 2) Tyrion will be set free by Varys right before his about to be killed. When Tyrion is escaping he wants to say screw you to his father ONE last time for putting him through all this so Varys tells him how to get to his fathers quarters. When Tyrion enters his fathers room he sees who? but his lover Shae sleeping in Tywin’s bed wearing the chain that Tyrion gave her in Season 3. Tyrion goes apeshit and kills Shae on the spot with the chain, strangling her.

    im unsullied though so IDK

  • Oh look. Now we have a new level of troll. The one who pretends he’s unsullied and uses it to spoil people with “predictions”.

    Narcissist. Sociopath. Or just all-around loser. You should IP ban that idiot instead of adding spoiler tags.

  • GeekFurious,

    No actually I put the spoiler tags in (because you know it’s a spoiler??) no mods buddy. Putting spoilers in tags is not a bannable offense. Nice generalizations though off of one post you nailed me to a T!

    mal is a book reader. You’ve been double trolled.

  • House Ray,

    Everybody knows that. But she hasn’t really shown her money makers since season 1, so I don’t think her porn background necessarily had any connection to her casting. Either way, she’s good as TV Shae and seems like a very nice person.

  • Seriously my dude?:
    GeekFurious,

    No actually I put the spoiler tags in (because you know it’s a spoiler??) no mods buddy. Putting spoilers in tags is not a bannable offense. Nice generalizations though off of one post you nailed me to a T!

    mal is a book reader. You’ve been double trolled.

    Oh, so you’re just a troll.

  • One thing, I think Sibel Kekilli has been working on her English , she has gotten better over the last two years in interviews, but still notes that she feels there are , on set, jokes that get by her.
    I still think she is hit and miss in the acting department.
    It’s odd one almost feels she has awkward line delivery and body language depending of the actor she is with , seemingly mildly intimidated by Peter Dinklage and Conleth Hill. Her best episode was Blackwater.
    She has won awards but only in German speaking roles.

  • Boojam,

    English can be very hard to cath when spoken very fast, so I can understand her awkwardness, specially if it’s your first big job on an english-speaking production. British accent can be a hell difficult to understand for an outsider.

  • Boojam,

    things like accents and different languages can make things very hard for actors, I believe. That said, I really like Sibel as Shae. Shae to me seems like a person, not some prop. She’s obviously someone who is very angry, and brash, and easy to irritate, but at the same time, I never doubt that she does love Sansa and Tyrion – while still being always aware that her relationships to them can never be completely genuine, because they are not of the same social class. I think she gets that across very well.

    House Ray,

    forgive me if I’m a little cynical here, but that FYI is brought up by someone each time Sibel is the topic, and it’s difficult to believe it’s done for anything other than to shame her. It’s not the 1950s anymore, maybe it’s time to accept that even people who have worked (or are working) in adult films aren’t freaks or perverts, just people doing a job. /end of rant

  • Satin: forgive me if I’m a little cynical here, but that FYI is brought up by someone each time Sibel is the topic, and it’s difficult to believe it’s done for anything other than to shame her. It’s not the 1950s anymore, maybe it’s time to accept that even people who have worked (or are working) in adult films aren’t freaks or perverts, just people doing a job. /end of rant

    Not even the 1960’s, 70’s, 80′, or 90’s… tho the Oral Minority still keeps the clamps on the MPAA about sex, I am surprised the distributors of Blue is the Warmest Color went for a NC17 and just didn’t release the film Unrated.

    Anyway , Sibel Kekilli’s list of regular film and TV on IMDB is rather lengthy.
    She must have a better actor’s presence when speaking German and Turkish.
    (Look at her list of awards and nominations.)
    She is not wooden in interviews , so to me the only explanation is possibly D and D vision of how they want Shae to appear as a character.
    But they have done this with Emilia Clarke too, she is dynamite with the right dialog, but does not seem able to finesse bad dialog (Season 2) the way a more experienced actor may (depending on the actor!).
    I think it impossible to give Charles Dance some clunky lines he would not weave into gold!
    David and Dan write some of the best spoken sequences I have ever seen for a modern costume drama* (I don’t know what influence they have on their writers) but now and then they seem uninspired and just drift.
    *(Yeah I know they have GRRM as source material.)

  • Boojam,

    the problem in evaluating performances is that a lot of it depends on the viewer, too. I’ve seen some tv magazine reviewer describe Joe Dempsie and Carice Van Houten as wooden, but I can’t see for the life of me why and how. No matter if you like their acting style or not, neither of them is wooden.

    In Shae’s case, it translates for me as discomfort, irritation, sometimes anger that can’t really be expressed. She is stiff, but there’s emotion behind it. For me at least; for others it might be wooden. It’s obviously a divisive performance. (Sadly, I’ve never seen Gegen Die Wand, which is her most famous German role I think, but she’s supposed to be great in that.)

    As for Emilia, I don’t find her wooden so much as… vague most of the time? I have no idea why anyone would follow her anywhere, be that through the desert or to Starbuck’s. Last season it was much better, but “Dracarys!” was still her best moment. Maybe they should have her speak Valyrian more often.

    Charles Dance can pretty much deal with everything, but he’s been working how long? 30, 40 years? You won’t be hired that long if you don’t have some amount of talent, and his experience should almost do the rest. Of course, they also love him and give great material to him. They were so lucky to get him as Tyrion.

    I do think D&D are mostly good writers, actually. (I know, sacrilegious!) They do miss now and then, but not nearly as much as some in our fandoms might claim. The one writer whose episodes I usually experience as sticking out oddly is Vanessa Taylor – that doesn’t mean I think she’s bad, but her eps somehow seem off – but from what I know the D’s would usually rewrite stuff since they are the showrunners.

  • I was watching for your eyes only and Charles Dance is one of Julian Glover’s henchmen. Pretty funny Tywin working for Pycelle

  • Satin: As for Emilia, I don’t find her wooden so much as… vague most of the time? I have no idea why anyone would follow her anywhere, be that through the desert or to Starbuck’s. Last season it was much better, but “Dracarys!” was still her best moment. Maybe they should have her speak Valyrian more often.

    I thought Emilia had the right range for the first season.
    But her character’s role changed at the end of that season (at the end of the first novel too).
    (George seems to have trouble with writing Dany at times too.)

    About speaking a ‘language’ , it’s odd her best dialog , I thought, was S2E1, when she spoke Dothraki to her blood riders (none of them seem to be around now!) to go searching. She seemed to punch the air with expressive Dothraki even tho it was only a few words.
    (House of the UnDying had some good dialog for her thought she handled that well.)
    But you are right , I was knocked right off my seat with the DRACARYS sequence S3E4.
    Actually in that whole sequence she is very good, I think she speaks only one Common Tongue phrase. Catch the look she gives Kraznis when they are face to face and he calls her ‘bitch’ in (low, I think) Valyrian, you could hang a hat on those daggers! Then every Valyrian word she speaks to the Unsullied she puts punctuated fire into. The Valyrian bomb she drops on old K…. the reveal that Valyrian is her mother tongue. Even the pep rally speech to the Unsullied at the very end sounds convincing.
    Later the long (for the show) dialog with Grey Worm about being their captain is good.
    Maybe she should speak Valyrian all the time!

  • Boojam,

    (George seems to have trouble with writing Dany at times too.)

    In general, he doesn’t seem to be that comfortable with young kids or female teenagers (well, in fairness, he is neither, and every writer, no matter how good, has their limits).

    About speaking a ‘language’ , it’s odd her best dialog , I thought, was S2E1, when she spoke Dothraki to her blood riders (none of them seem to be around now!) to go searching. She seemed to punch the air with expressive Dothraki even tho it was only a few words.
    (House of the UnDying had some good dialog for her thought she handled that well.)

    Maybe it’s freeing for her to speak in a made-up language? I often find her a bit stilted in “common tongue,” but she’s among those who get the most “unnatural” dialogue, I think (i.e., Dany is someone who is always surrounded by people of lower status, and thus a lot of her dialogue is essentially speeches. I think it’s hard to come across as a fully rounded character that way, especially since there is little opportunity for her to be “private” Danaerys, who is after all still a teenager.)

  • Satin: Maybe it’s freeing for her to speak in a made-up language? I often find her a bit stilted in “common tongue,” but she’s among those who get the most “unnatural” dialogue, I think (i.e., Dany is someone who is always surrounded by people of lower status, and thus a lot of her dialogue is essentially speeches. I think it’s hard to come across as a fully rounded character that way, especially since there is little opportunity for her to be “private” Danaerys, who is after all still a teenager.)

    I really wonder if D&D think of their ‘kids’ as being GRRM’s ages?
    Even if they stupidly have them say a certain age which they don’t look like!
    I mean it was for legal reasons they had to age-up most all the middle ages veneer GRRM using for the youngsters taking his template as there being no such thing as a ‘teenager’ in those times.
    Time’s arrow is taking young actors fast toward being young adults.
    (After all the nutrition and medical care we have now did not exist in the 14th century. So even some teenagers have looked like adults in developed countries starting with the beginning of the 20th century.) Sophie will soon be 18… I say drop the pretense , don’t have change the story because of that. I know it has romantic connotations but I say the hell with that , just ignore it and use the basic story but write to the actor’s ages.
    So far Emilia has been written as an adult on the show.
    Actually, maybe just my perception, but she has been an adult in the books, a female adult who , seems to me, GRRM has a problem getting a grip on.
    D and D really eschewed the cringe worthy dialog Emilia had in the 2nd season.
    After a couple of previews of season 4 I have some fear of them returning to that.
    In my minds eye she , would by now, be played by Eva Green , but Eva could not have played the Dany of season 1.
    However George has not taken Dany there in the books either.

  • Boojam,

    I don’t think they think of them as GRRM’s ages; they aged them up, anyway, and I guess they try to write to that in some way. For instance, Dany, Jon, Robb are all young and inexperienced (explaining some of their behaviour, mistakes, etc), but they are not children. Or take Sam and Gendry, who are played by adult men, but are at the same time obviously still teen-aged in their naivity and general outlook.

    Are you referring to Sophie not looking 14? I don’t think that was stupid, actually. The point in this situation is that Tyrion and the audience have to be aware that Sansa is awfully young and that this marriage is cruel on both of them. As a viewer, you have to be able to look past the reality of the actor’s ages a bit. Which, yes, may be a problem in Bran’s case, but there is no way they’ll replace Isaac (nor should they).

    I don’t really think Dany is written as an adult woman that much. Grown before her time, yes, but not like someone in their twenties.

    I think Martin is hit or miss with female characters of all ages. Asha seems to work the best for me as someone who is still recognizable female; Brienne is an interesting character study of someone who does have “masculine” and “feminine” qualities and struggles to reconcile them. I believe the more traditionally “feminine” the character is, the more difficult it seems to be for him to write them believably, but age also plays a role (Cersei and Mel come to mind, as well as Catelyn sometimes, as female characters who don’t work for me at all. Arianne very much goes into that direction, too, as does Dany in some ways. So, you may have a point here, young adult to adult women seem to be a struggle for him. Sansa is hit or miss. Arya often seems either much older or actually younger than she is supposed to be, but that’s a problem with Bran, too, and I think he mentioned Bran as a character who is difficult for him.).

    His best character where writing is concerned is actually Jaime in my mind. I find him completely believable, both in virtues and flaws, in realization and self-decption.

    Eva Green as Dany? Hmmm. I have to say, the girl next door approach fits Dany very well in my mind. Eva Green seems too “old,” too wise, to play her. She could be a great Val, to move away from her typical “witchy” roles a bit.

    And yes, please, less “queenly” dialogue for poor Danaerys. Or at least give us a scene where Missandei is coaching her in adequate royal speech.

  • Satin: Eva Green as Dany? Hmmm. I have to say, the girl next door approach fits Dany very well in my mind. Eva Green seems too “old,” too wise, to play her. She could be a great Val, to move away from her typical “witchy” roles a bit.

    You know I was thinking that just the other day. Eve Green is not the only actress, but she can put on a meaner-than-junk-yard-dog look as well as Sigourney Weaver did in Aliens!
    Boy, Val, I guess D and D are going to introduce her… but even George did not really bring her forward as a stage presence until late in the novels.